Thursday, July 25, 2013

Please Join Me Friday Evening!!

While here at Pocosin Arts for my residency. I'll be doing a short presentation Friday evening about myself, life and work at The Vineyards On The Scuppernong Wine Shop  You can also check out the FaceBook event here .

If you are in the area please come on by the Winery and grab a glass or wine or a cappuccino at Elements. I'm having a great time here in Columbia N.C. and would love to share it with you...

Looking forward to a great evening!!! Wine, coffee and art what could anything be better?
Willow Oak Platter salt glazed stoneware with hand painted slips and glazes 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pocosin Arts Residency

I'm on the second week of my the residency here at Pocosin Arts in Columbia NC. I've spent much of my time here working on the studio, fixing wheels, hooking up kilns and advising them on what the need and how to lay out the studio. The  Pocosin Arts center was flooded back in 2011 from hurricane Irene with two feet of water in building..... So far I've fixed four of the ten wheels and sent four motors off to be rebuilt, I think they will be fine too. I was so surprised that the water didn't do more damage, I had to clean the contacts on the motors and all the electronic parts and that got most of them working.  When we get the motors back from the repair shop I'll know how many they will need to replace.
 If you haven't figured it out yet I really like taking things apart and figuring out how they work. I have ever since I was I kid it's that inquisitive nature in me that lead to be a potter, the technical side of ceramics, glaze formulation, clay formulation, building and firing kilns, and all the equipment that needs to be kept up and running. There is so much more to ceramics then just moulding things out of clay. I't also was what lead me to design and build my own studio and house from start to finnish.
            Here I am hard at work taking apart pottery wheels.....gee I hope 
I can get them all back together.... Just kidding!
Now Im trying to concentrate on some of my work... I'm working on some new tile designs and casting molds for them. Some will be architectural and others will be with a technique called Cuenca. Cuenca is a Spanish name for pressing a mould into  clay to create a raised outline of the design with hollows between. These hollows were known as ‘cuenca’, which means ‘bowls’ in Spanish. The hollows will later be filled with colored glazes.

I'm also hoping to work on some paintings, it's something sort of new for me. I did a few last year and really loved the whole process. It was quite freeing being completely concerned with a two dimensional surface. I'm painting with acrylic on canvas and using many of the designs I apply to much of my ceramic work.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pocosin Arts and a Rainbow

Have you ever found the end of the rainbow? Well I did....
As I was packing last week for the residency at Pocosin Arts in Columbia NC it rained, it pored and then I went out to load up my truck. As I walked around the corner of the studio I saw the most amazing sight a rainbow. But not just one rainbow it was two, a double rainbow.  I have seen a few double rainbow before but not like this one, It touched ended right on the edge of my field! So I saw the end of the rainbow!! It was truly amazing! A sign a good things to come I think..... :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Etsy Shop Update

I've been working of listing lots of work on my Etsy Shop. I'll be adding more today check it out. Lots of new work!!